Joel Osteen Meets Cognitive Psychology : Positive Theology Meets Positive Psychology
Overview - This book presents a summary of Positive Psychology, a science-based methodology of "thought correction" that has been proven to relieve depression as effectively as anti-depressant drugs. The study of learned optimism, developed by Dr. Read more...
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This book presents a summary of Positive Psychology, a science-based methodology of "thought correction" that has been proven to relieve depression as effectively as anti-depressant drugs. The study of learned optimism, developed by Dr. Martin Seligman, involves breaking down our thought processes (cognition) into Positive Emotions regarding the Past, Present and Future. In each instance, our explanatory style is examined. That is the way that we explain to ourselves the good and bad events of everyday life. By altering our explanatory style, we can achieve a boost in optimism. That has huge benefits, including better health and more success at achieving our goals. Along side of this summary of Positive Psychology, the book presents an analysis of the messages of Pastor Joel Osteen, the immensely popular messenger of "Positive Theology." Operating from the Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas, Osteen has reached millions with his upbeat interpretation of scripture. His messages echo the same prescription of "thought correction" laid out by the cognitive psychologists. He is so successful at boosting optimism that his followers are among the happiest people on the planet. Both Pastor Osteen and the cognitive psychologists are prescribing new and better ways to explain things to ourselves. Both zero in on thoughts regarding the past, present and future. Both tell us to "stop thinking those dark thoughts," and it works. Osteen certainly did not "clone" Positive Psychology, but he should think about it. His messages make it clear that he is the beneficiary of his father's preaching style. (predating the development of Positive Psychology) A picture emerges of that man. He was a man filled with joy and wonder and love - and above all - humor. His son is all of that in spades. He leaves his listeners better off - every time. This book will demonstrate that both disciplines - Positive Psychology and Positive Theology - can deliver life-changing benefits to anyone who takes the time to tune in. Together, they can provide a "double-barreled" solution to depression - without drugs.
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